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The Grand Manan Slope Shoulder Dreadnought

A slope shoulder Dreadnought built for multiple playing styles.


The Grand Manan Dreadnought
Availability: 
In stock

The Grand Manan Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Natural finish is available for immediate shipping. The Sunburst finish is currently not offered.

Our newest addition - the classic rounded (slope) shoulder dreadnought shape, solid Sitka Spruce top and book matched solid Mahogany back and sides. We guarantee that the wood in Grand Manan is the same AAA grade (or better) solid wood used in all MacKenzie & Marr guitars.

Suggested Retail Price: 
CAD $2,295.00
Your Price: 
CAD $999.99

The Grand Manan Slope Shoulder Dreadnought features AAA grade bookmatched, rift-sawn solid Sitka Spruce for the top with bookmatched solid Indonesian Mahogany back and sides.

The sunburst top is currently not offered but will return o our line in late 2021.
We hesitated for a long time before going ahead with a sunburst finish because the dark colour is often used to disguise lesser quality wood and that's not our "thing". We've built a reputation for only using top grades of wood. In the end, we decided the way to proceed was to state upfront that this guitar, along with every other MacKenzie and Marr model, is crafted with wood graded AAA or better. And THAT"S A GUARANTEE!

Owner Reviews

Gene from Portland

Wed, 03/24/2021 - 15:38

I made a living as an acoustic guitarist/vocalist for a lot of years. The guitars I use now are mostly for recording, writing and front porch jams. I've bought and sold dozens of guitars over the years, and keep the special ones. I'll be keeping this one. Amazing value. Full sound that should only improve with age. Beautiful attention to detail. Wood binding is gorgeous. The case alone would cost at least $150. Well done, MacMarr.

Grant from Roseneath

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 12:52

I purchased a Grand Manan Slope Shoulder Dreadnaught in December i might add this is my 4th Mackenzie and Marr as with the others the guitar comes ready to go i dont know if its just luck but i highly doubt its luck the guitar was awesome im not a great player by any means but i do know the sound i want and the playability set up and feel This guitar did not disappoint i just havent wanted to set it down which to me is the connection when your touched by the guitar i would back these guitars anytime as i said its my 4th will not be my last quality is second to none Thanks Mackenzie and Marr you knocked it out of the park again

Dan from Cincinnati

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 11:43

I had been in touch with MacKenzie & Marr, as I was very interested in a Grand Manon. I didn't expect to see one for many months. Out of the blue, John Marr informed me that one had become available. I was pretty excited. I've been playing guitar for over fifty-five years, and my first steel string acoustic was a Gibson J-50 (another slope-shouldered dreadnaught) which I had sold in order to buy a Martin D-28 in 1974. I still have that guitar. Some years later I passed up the opportunity to buy a J-45. I mention this because I'd never purchased an acoustic sight unseen (and unheard!), but your reviews were good, the guitar looked beautiful, and frankly, the price is irresistible. So I purchased it. As mentioned, I still have my beautiful old D-28, and also have access to a Taylor 314-CE. So the Grand Manon had a high bar to vault. It cleared the bar. Although I haven't "A-B-C'd" the guitars next to each other, after playing the Grand Manan, I played the Taylor and Martin, which are in a different location. The Grand Manon has all the tone of the Taylor, which is brighter than my Martin, and I do like that. I also expect the Grand Manon will warm with time, yet the tone is very full across the spectrum and I'm very happy with it right from the start. I mentioned passing on a J-45 some years ago, and frankly, its tone was muddy. I loved the look but hoped I'd find something better. I'm glad I waited. The intonation on the Grand Manon is perfect. The harmonics are crystal clear all over. Incidentally, your YouTube reviews just have flat pickers, which is great, but I'd love to see some different styles. The finish is beautiful. The joint work is clean. I like the machines, although I'm pretty used to close backed Grovers, and so at first I wasn't sure about the opened gears, but the ratio is very precise and I do like the retro feel of them. It just took a few minutes to grow accustomed to the look. The action is just where I like it, and I play and chord all over the neck. I appreciate the flat finish on the neck. Moving quickly is effortless. I'm pretty sure the thin pickguard, included, is designed to discourage anyone from using it. On the other hand, perhaps its lightness is meant to minimize loss of tone. Either way, I won't attach it. A good hardshell case is also included. I actually have not been able to plug the guitar in yet, but unless there is a problem with the wiring, I'm sure it will sound fine. I am very very pleased with my new Grand Manon. My thanks to John for notifying me of its availability, and expediting the shipping so promptly. I look forward to recommending MacKenzie & Marr to other musicians.

Kenneth from Pittsbugh

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 16:11

I started my guitar journey last January and had never played guitar before, so I was very much a novice guitarist. I initially purchased a Yamaha FS-800 and it served me well for a couple of months. Over the course of time, I began to realize some of the incompatibilities the Yamaha and I shared and started researching purchasing another guitar. I wanted a guitar that I could grow with but didn’t break the bank. I stumbled across your website and was stunned by what I read. The price and quality of materials seemed incomprehensible, so I began to do more research. I watched a lot of videos and listened to many audio samples and was completely impressed. As a result I purchased the Grand Manan and received it in June of 2020. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the product, the fit, finish, and packaging was all top-notch. I wanted to wait until I became a better player and more familiar with the guitar before trying to do a review. So here I am, nearly a year later and I’m so pleased. The guitar hasn’t even opened up yet and the resonance is incredible, I love the rumbling feeling I get against the back and sides as I play. I find the neck shape to be very comfortable and even challenging bar chords are now within my reach (pun intended). The intonation is consistent up and down the neck and there’s a clarity to each note that I didn’t expect from a dreadnaught. Perhaps what’s been most surprising for me is the versatility of the guitar, I find it very capable when playing fingerstyle, picking or strumming. I’m also very happy I purchased when I did, I love the sunburst finish against the maple binding and understated rosette. Kudos to Mackenzie and Marr, you are a phenomenal craftsman, and you have my respect. I look forward to hearing what the Grand Manan and I can create musically as I become a more accomplished player.

Daniel from Red Bluff

Tue, 11/03/2020 - 12:11

A very carefully built guitar. It matches the resonance of the best guitars I've ever played. I'm not a pro, but I've picked up some really expensive guitars to try. It almost sings by itself. When it is in in a room with other instruments playing, the strings will resonate with the surrounding music. Light and solid and beautiful it is easy to play and very hard to put down again.

Chad from Lancaster

Tue, 11/03/2020 - 12:00

I was thoroughly impressed by the grand Manan. The construction, fit & finish are top notch and it has an excellent sweet and dry mahogany tone. I had a J-15($1,700) and by all measures the Grand Manan is the superior instrument (also stays in tune much more consistently). Mackenzie and Marr guitars live up to their billing as premium guitars for a fraction of the price.

John from Elkins Park

Tue, 11/03/2020 - 11:58

3.5 stars. Good for the price. 4 stars for high end Martin's, etc. 5 stars for vintage guitars so 3.5 is good. Guitar is made of very nice wood, inlays and binding are exceptional. Tone woods are nice and it feels good in hands. My complaint is action was very high, almost unplayable past 5th fret. High E buzzes, can't figure out where, not a fret buzz, internal. Pick guard is cheap, I didn't even put it on. I did lower the bridge, but still need to lower 1/16th inch to get it where it should be, Hopefully that will eliminate the buzzing.

Albert from Woodstock, NB

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 10:46

WOW! I really wasn't prepared for the quality of workmanship or The Sweet Sounds that come from my Grand Manan. I've let some of my guitar playing friends try it and the response is always the same - "That's a great guitar". I was hesitant to buy a guitar sight unseen, but I will not hesitate to recommend a MacKenzie-Marr guitar to anyone.

Curtis from Centuria

Fri, 04/10/2020 - 00:00

I've played on and off for the past 45 years and own a half dozen other guitars but I always wanted a slope shoulder dreadnought. There are of course others for sale out there but none that I could find that had the specs this one has at this price. So I figured I'd order this one, give it a try and send it back if I wasn't impressed enough to keep it. I'd be out $50 but that's the chance you take. When I received it, I removed it from the shipping box so that I could inspect it for damage,and then let it stay in the case until the next morning. After opening the case and taking the guitar out I was pretty impressed with the case and what a tight fit to the guitar it has. Nice! Much better fit than the original case that came with my 70's J50. After tuning and playing for a few minutes it was obvious that neck adjustments were needed. The neck had no relief and the saddle needed to be lowered a bit. There was an annoying B string buzz that was still there after proper relief was added to the neck but a little nut sauce took care of that. I checked all frets with a fret rocker and all were perfect. Nut string height was perfect too. I don't consider any of this unusual and didn't take long to take care. The Manan plays and sounds good and the Grover turners work very smooth. The Anthem pickup I ordered with it is the best acoustic pickup I've used and really brings out the voice & sustain this guitar has with just a small amount of volume. The guitar sounds good on it's own but the pickup is impressive. I inspected the inside with a lighted mirror and found it clean of sloppy gluing and all bracing seemed tight. Also, the appointments and workmanship on the Grand Manan are not done justice in the photos on the M&M website. This guitar is beautiful in a reserved sort of way. The sound hole rosette and bindings are outstanding. John, keep things the way they are now. As I said recently, you guitars speak for themselves. My 2c,

Brent from Escondito, CA

Sat, 02/29/2020 - 00:00

Absolutely love the guitar. It looks and sound amazing. Yesterday, I took it to my guitar tech/luthier for an inspection and set up adjustment and he was floored at how nice the guitar is... he swore it was a $3500 instrument... and he works on high end instruments all day long.

Specifications

Dimensions
Neck Profile: 
shallow "C"
Frets To The Body: 
14
Scale Length: 
646 mm (25.4 inches)
Fretboard Radius: 
14 inches (35.56 cm)
Neck width at nut: 
43mm (1.7 inches)
E to E string spacing at nut: 
3.5 cm (1.4 inches)
Body Style: 
Slope Shoulder Dreadnought
Width at Upper Bout: 
28.5 cm (11.25 inches)
E to E string spacing at saddle: 
55 mm (2.15 inches)
Width at Waist: 
26.5 cm (10.5 inches)
Width at Lower Bout: 
40 cm (15.75 inches)
Body Depth: 
10 cm (4 inches) at heel 12 cm (4.75 inches) at endpin
Body Length: 
51.3 cm (20.25 inches)
Materials
Body finish: 
High gloss laquer
Neck finish: 
Polished satin laquer
Fretboard and Bridge: 
Bolivian Rosewood
Neck: 
Quarter sawn Mahogany
Tuning Machines: 
Grover vintage open gearing high ratio (18:1) tuning machines
Body Back and Sides: 
Solid bookmatched Mahogany
Body Top Wood: 
Solid bookmatched AAA grade Sitka Sprice
Nut & Saddle: 
Genuine bone
Strings: 
D'Addario EXP16 light gauge (12-53) coated Phosphor Bronze
Extras
Case: 
Professional arch top hardshell case (included at no additional cost)
Electronics: 
L.R. Baggs Anthem - Optional extra

Photo Gallery

Videos

The Gran(d) Manan Sunburst Dreadnought

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Léandre Joly-Pelletier playing Bluegrass on the MacKenzie & Marr Grand Manan

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The MacKenzie & Marr Grand Manan Goes Country

An Important Note Regarding Porch Pirates

When we ship a guitar we always send it with instructions to the courier that a signature MUST be obtained at the time of delivery. If no one is home to sign for the carton, it will not be left. We do this to ensure that your guitar does not fall into the hands of porch pirates (or other nefarious characters such as bass players or drummers).

UPDATE - We've learned that during the COVID-19 crisis FedEx is sometimes leaving cartons with no signature. Please follow the tracking number we provide to make sure you know when your guitar arrives.

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